Monday, June 27, 2005

1st Amendment of United States Constitution

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Ten Commandments

Exodus 20:1-7 NASU

Then God spoke all these words, saying,

2 " I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

3 " You shall have no other gods before Me.

4 " You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.

5 " You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,

6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

7 " You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.

8 "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

9 " Six days you shall labor and do all your work,

10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.

11 " For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

12 " Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.

13 " You shall not murder.

14 " You shall not commit adultery.

15 " You shall not steal.

16 " You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

17 " You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor."

It all sounds like good ideas to me if we would just follow what has been written. So what are we quibbling about?

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Another week has come and gone. One thing age teaches is the wisdom of understanding that life goes on day after day. The true heroes of life of those who continue to live each day no matter the sacrifices.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

THEODORE ROOSEVELT, address at the Sorbonne, Paris, France, April 23, 1910.—Citizenship in a Republic,” The Strenuous Life (vol. 13 of The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, national ed.), chapter 21, p. 510 (1926).
© 2005

Friday, June 10, 2005

The afternoon thunder storms have finally come. They are selective about where they spread their blessings. Bringing the monentary relief from both the heat and drought.

"Loud are the thunder drums
In the tents of the mountains"

Favorite Poems Old and New. Hellen Ferris, ed. (1957) Doubleday and Company

Sunday, June 05, 2005

The time has come," the Walrus said,"To talk of many things:Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—And cabbages—and kings—
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Lewis Carroll
A week has flown away. I am fascinated by the passage of the days and hours. The moments pass unnoticed, precious but fleeting in their exsistence. So another week starts. I hope to capture more moments as each 24 hour days passes this week.